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    I'm considering getting the new EL34 combo mainly for two reasons. The EL34 voicing, and the power scaling. Does anybody have one of the power scaling combos? I have the LBX with the 1/4 watt power, but it is still super loud. I was wondering if anybody could provide some input. Thanks!

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    I have the 5150iii 50 watt 1x12 combo. It is really great. The power scaling feature is awesome and let's you dial in a sick tone a a volume that is real quiet. Like wife and kids sleeping in the house quiet. Best tone at low volume of any amp I own. Then when you get the chance to open it up it does not disappoint. I also have the 50watt el34 head and while it does sound great it does need to be very loud in order to do so. The blue channel that so many people think sucks sounds amazing but it has to be very loud so the speaker response comes into play. Channel 3 can be played at a lower volume. Channel one is a beautiful clean channel with tons of low end. I am wondering if the power scaling will make the blue channel more useable at low volume. It's not that it sounds bad, but to get close to the early van halen sound speaker distortion is a big part. Nevertheless I think you will love it. If you get it make a thread and tell us all about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikew9788 View Post
    I have the 5150iii 50 watt 1x12 combo. It is really great. The power scaling feature is awesome and let's you dial in a sick tone a a volume that is real quiet. Like wife and kids sleeping in the house quiet. Best tone at low volume of any amp I own. Then when you get the chance to open it up it does not disappoint. I also have the 50watt el34 head and while it does sound great it does need to be very loud in order to do so. The blue channel that so many people think sucks sounds amazing but it has to be very loud so the speaker response comes into play. Channel 3 can be played at a lower volume. Channel one is a beautiful clean channel with tons of low end. I am wondering if the power scaling will make the blue channel more useable at low volume. It's not that it sounds bad, but to get close to the early van halen sound speaker distortion is a big part. Nevertheless I think you will love it. If you get it make a thread and tell us all about it!
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    I don't have the combos...I have the 100w 6l6 and the 100w EL34 heads. I use a Jett City attenuator. Absolutely killer tones from those monsters!!!
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    I used to have the 5150III 1x12 combo. 1 watt is pretty nice, but it's actually still pretty loud. I would play on 1 watt downstairs and my wife upstairs would still ask me to turn it down. The other thing is, there is a sweet spot between the volume and the power scaling where the amp sounds best. For me anyway, I thought it sounded better with the power scaling just above 50% and the volume up to about 6 or 7 when gigging, than it did with the power scaling at 100% and the volume at about 4. Not sure why, but there is room for experimentation with one.

    Ultimately, I ended up with an LBXII and a 212 cab. For some reason, I really like the voicing of the Blue channel on the LBX II. It's not like the Blue channel on the combo. It's more of a hotter version of the Blue channel on the Combo, and voiced somewhere in between the Blue and Red Channel. Maybe that's just a side effect of EL84 tubes, but I like where it lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    I used to have the 5150III 1x12 combo. 1 watt is pretty nice, but it's actually still pretty loud. I would play on 1 watt downstairs and my wife upstairs would still ask me to turn it down. The other thing is, there is a sweet spot between the volume and the power scaling where the amp sounds best. For me anyway, I thought it sounded better with the power scaling just above 50% and the volume up to about 6 or 7 when gigging, than it did with the power scaling at 100% and the volume at about 4. Not sure why, but there is room for experimentation with one.

    Ultimately, I ended up with an LBXII and a 212 cab. For some reason, I really like the voicing of the Blue channel on the LBX II. It's not like the Blue channel on the combo. It's more of a hotter version of the Blue channel on the Combo, and voiced somewhere in between the Blue and Red Channel. Maybe that's just a side effect of EL84 tubes, but I like where it lives.
    For me the combo set at one watt and the master between 2-3 sounds great. Best low volume tone ever. I now have to check out the lbxii. I never knew if it would be different enough to warrant owning but based on what you are saying it sounds like something I might add to the collection. The local GC has one for 500 bucks on clearance sale.

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    I currently own the 1x12 6L6 combo. i'm looking to get a new combo to take advantage of the 3 separate channels.

    any differences between the 1x12 and the 2 x 12? EL3 vs 6L6?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCASO View Post
    I currently own the 1x12 6L6 combo. i'm looking to get a new combo to take advantage of the 3 separate channels.

    any differences between the 1x12 and the 2 x 12? EL3 vs 6L6?

    thanks
    If you have a Fender authorized service center they can mod your existing amp to add the concentric controls. It all depends on how much your tech charges per hour, but IIRC I've seen costs of $150-$250 thrown around.

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    I wish they would come out with a 1x12 combo based on the 15w head.

 

 

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